BMES eNewsletter
    June 2016
BMES Annual Meeting: Registration for the Minneapolis meeting opens June 29

Registration for the 2016 BMES Annual Meeting in Minneapolis is scheduled to open June 29.

Please visit
annualmeeting to register for the meeting. Register early to lock in the discounted, early-bird rates.

You will also find all the program and travel information for the meeting at

Discounted hotel room rates specially negotiated for BMES attendees can be found at the meeting website. There is also a room-share bulletin board. And links for students to apply to be volunteers for reduced or free registration are also available.

With Minneapolis being a hub of the medical device industry, the 2016 meeting is poised to be a historic event for the Society.
BMES Webinar Archive: Design Standards for Biomedical Engineering  
If you missed the June BMES professional development webinar, Design Standards for Biomedical Engineering, the archive and supporting materials will be available on the BMES Education E-Learning website.

The webinar discusses how to incorporate design standards into biomedical engineering student capstone projects, best practices for teaching design control, biocompatibility testing and risk assessment, and affordable ways students and faculty can access standards.

The featured speakers shared their experience on use and development of standards in the classroom and industry.
Click here to access the archive.
BMES webinars are free to members, so take a moment to visit the BMES Education E-Learning website today to learn more about upcoming and archived webinars.
2017 Shu Chien Achievement Award Application Submission is Open! 

Application Submission Closes June 30, 2016
2017 CMBE Conference Abstract Submission is Open!

Abstract Submission Closes August 17, 2016
Grande-Allen Named Director Of The Rice Institute Of Biosciences And Bioengineering
Jane Grande-Allen was recently named director of the Rice Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, which promotes cross-disciplinary research and education encompassing biology, chemistry and engineering. 

Grande-Allen takes over for Rebecca Richards-Kortum, who remains the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, a professor of bioengineering, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Rice 360? Institute for Global Health. 

Both Grande-Allen and Richards-Kortum are both BMES members.

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Neural Interfaces Developed At UT Austin Could Help Patients With Nerve Injury, Paralysis, And Amputation
Researchers in The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Biomedical Engineering are creating advanced neural interfaces to help patients with peripheral nerve injury or amputated limbs, according to a university article. 

With a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Defense, Aaron Baker, associate professor, and Chong Xie, assistant professor, are collaborating to create regenerative, ultra-compliant electrodes to create stable interfaces with the nervous system, according to the article.

Baker and Xie are both BMES members.

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U Of Arizona Researchers Develop Method For Early Detection Of Ovarian Cancer
Researchers at the University of Arizona are identifying biomarkers and creating optical imaging tools to screen for a form of cancer often called a "silent killer" of women. 

BMES member Jennifer Barton is leading the two-year, $1 million project funded by the National Cancer Institute to identify imaging biomarkers of ovarian cancer, the most deadly gynecological cancer in the United States, according to a university article. 

This work may enable the first effective screening system for ovarian cancer, according to the article.

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UT San Antonio Students Create Device To Ease Locating Veins 
A team that created a biomedical engineering device for finding veins won the top prize at The University of Texas at San Antonio $100K Student Technology Venture Competition, according to a university article. 

The team of engineering and business students includes BMES members Kristen Hamalainen, Sanjiv Patel, Andrew Shiels, and Kreg Zimmern; other team members include Rachel Loeffler, Cody Baker, Alexis Morales and Ileana Gonzales.

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Personalized Heart Models Can Predict The Risk Of Sudden Cardiac Death  
An interdisciplinary Johns Hopkins University team has developed a non-invasive, 3-D virtual heart assessment tool to help doctors determine whether a particular patient faces the highest risk of a life-threatening arrhythmia and would benefit most from a defibrillator implant. 

In a proof-of-concept study published in the online journal Nature Communications, the team reported that its new digital approach yielded more accurate predictions than the imprecise blood pumping measurement now used by most physicians, according to a Johns Hopkins article. 

"Our virtual heart test significantly outperformed several existing clinical metrics in predicting future arrhythmic events," Natalia Trayanova, professor of biomedical engineering said in the article. "This non-invasive and personalized virtual heart-risk assessment could help prevent sudden cardiac deaths and allow patients who are not at risk to avoid unnecessary defibrillator implantations."

BMES Bylaws Revisions Approved 
The proposed revisions to the BMES Bylaws have been approved by majority vote of the membership.

The revisions include changing the fiscal year to begin July 1, defining activities of Special Interest Groups and related affiliates of BMES, and identifying changes in committee structure.

To view the revised bylaws, visit
BMES Bylaws. 
BMES Student Affairs News:
BMES Undergraduate Design Competition applications, thank you for your submissions

BMES received 22 Design Competition applications from several Universities. We want to thank all design team members for participating in this year's BMES Undergraduate Design Competition.

Reviews are currently underway and six design teams will be nominated and invited to attend BMES 2016 and present their work via oral presentations in Minneapolis.

This is an opportunity for the six teams to compete to become one of the Top 3 winning teams. Awardees will receive (Top 3 teams only) First $3000, Second place $1500 and Third place $500.

More information will follow as soon as it becomes available.

BMES Student Travel Awards available for Annual Meeting

Student Travel Awards are due July 31, 2016 - please visit

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